In addition to serving as a Course Director for the Fellows Course on Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control since its inception, Dr. Perl is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Pathology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, and in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is Senior Epidemiologist for The Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore, Maryland and Florida.
Dr. Perl received her Bachelor of Arts and Medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Science degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She completed an internship, residency, and fellowship in internal medicine at McGill University (Royal Victoria Hospital) in Montreal and a fellowship in infectious diseases and Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. She was the Hospital Epidemiologist and the Director of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control at the Johns Hopkins Hospital between 1996 and 2011.
She raised the visibility of the Johns Hopkins Hospital's Infection Control and Prevention Program with her dedication to service and research. She started the HopkinsMedicine.org/heic website and promoted the group’s role in educating the community. She has extensive practical and research experience in the field of healthcare associated infections and resistant organisms and is world renowned for her innovation and research in the field and the use of research knowledge in the healthcare setting.
Dr. Perl is the recipient of the SHEA young investigator and mentor awards and was a councillor in 2002 and the 2006 President of SHEA and the first woman to serve in that role. She chaired the annual meeting planning, the nominations and bioterrorism committees. In the past, she has served on advisory panels for the IOM, the CDC and WHO and been a consultant to the NIH and ARHQ. She has served on the editorial board of the American Journal of Infection Control and is a reviewer for Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, JAMA, and the New England Journal of Medicine. An active researcher, Dr. Perl has been a principal and co-principal investigator for studies on healthcare associated infections, bioterrorism syndromic surveillance, and antimicrobial resistance for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has authored and co-authored over 150 peer-reviewed articles. In addition, she has written multiple chapters and contributed to guidelines and policies relevant to healthcare associated infections at the institutional, state and federal level.
Dr. Perl has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Veteran’s Affairs Administration and Industry over the years. Her scientific interests encompass influenza and pandemic influenza planning, bioterrorism, syndromic surveillance, surgical site infections, Clostridium difficile, emerging infection prevention and interventions to prevent healthcare associated infections and the spread of epidemiologically significant organisms, bioterrorism preparedness, and patient and healthcare worker safety. She is also interested in training fellows and others with interests in Healthcare Epidemiology and has begun working in the developing world to help promote the science of infection prevention.